McLaren begins track testing 720S GT3

Mat Coch

Saturday 25th August, 2018 - 7:22am


McLaren 720S GT3

McLaren Automotive has begun track testing its all-new 720S GT3 ahead of its 2019 racing debut.

The development of the car has been carried out in-house after the company elected to bring its customer racing project in-house.

Like the 650S GT3, the new car will again feature an all-carbon fibre monocoque with an in-house developed 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine.

The first two cars will undergo a test program to stress the car’s on track and physical performance with track testing set to visit circuits in Europe and the Middle East.

“The 720S GT3 is a significant car for McLaren Automotive,” said Jolyon Nash, Executive Director of Global Sales and Marketing, McLaren Automotive.

“It still has the road car’s ability to deliver extreme performance in a way that all drivers can access, but taken to an altogether higher, racetrack level.

“Crucially it also forms a part of our growing customer-focused racing and business strategy which sees dedicated motorsport products developed in-house that draw on our rich pool of motorsport experience and expertise.”

New homologation requirements for manufacturers dictate that McLaren must sell 10 cars in the first year, and a further 10 cars in 2020 for the car to remain eligible for GT3 competition into 2020.

It’s the latest in a string of new GT3 machinery set for release next year, which includes Aston Martin poised to release a new Vantage, and Audi developing an updated aero kit for its R8.

The car will join McLaren’s 570S GT4 offering in its customer racing program. comment policy reserves the right to remove comments that are off-topic, abusive and ban users who do not follow the comment policy. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

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